COLUMBUS —Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley) offered testimony today before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Senate Bill 8, his legislation that would allow spouses of active duty military members to be eligible for unemployment compensation when their family is transferred to a new duty assignment. Currently, 44 other states and the District of Columbia provide similar benefits to military spouses.
“We should no longer force our military families to choose between splitting up or losing a large portion of the family income,” LaRose said. “Our state is home to a number of key military installations. The changes made by Senate Bill 8 are part of an ongoing effort to make Ohio a more military-friendly state. This is not just simply the right thing to do but will also help keep those key installations in Ohio.”
Senator LaRose also noted that the U.S. Department of Defense, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio National Guard and a number of other veterans organizations support the changes made by Senate Bill 8. More information about Senate Bill 8 can be found here.
"We uphold the high ideals of public service and deliberative democracy when we conduct the people’s business with civility and collegiality. Perhaps more important than this is the simple truth that only through civil dialogue can we solve the complex problems facing our state and nation. We can’t view compromise as caving and civility as weakness. These are essential tools for better governing."
“In order for me to effectively represent you in Columbus, I need to hear from you, which is why it's important to hold monthly meetings so that I am able to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents,” LaRose said.
As the warmth of summer slowly fades into the crisp fall harvest season, Ohio’s farmers are firing up their combines for what they hope will be a good crop. Recently, I have been contacted by individuals from the agricultural community regarding their property taxes. The complex formula used by the Ohio Department of Taxation is known as the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). This is a multifaceted issue, but whether you are a farmer or a member of the community, it is important to understand how these values are calculated.